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“Quaint inn with great location in Carmel” 4 of 5 stars
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Normandy Inn
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   Ocean Ave. between Monte Verde St. and Casanova St., Carmel, CA 93923   |  
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Ranked #16 of 22 Hotels in Carmel
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Quaint inn with great location in Carmel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 3 days at the Normandy inn. It's like a bed and breakfast. We stayed in a suite. It stands individually. No neighboring walls but we can hear people walking by as the walls are thin and we are next to the lobby. Clean room and bathroom. The comforter on the bed is very thin for this climate. We had the heater on and still used both blankets. Very uncomfortable pillows so if you are particular bring your own. We had a little kitchenette with microwave and a empty mini fridge so we stored our stuff in it. The breakfast is adequate. Bagels and cream cheese, instant oatmeal, cereal, hard boiled eggs and fruit. You serve yourself. There's also coffee and tea. The design of the place is rambling. You go up the stairs then down then up again. But with all the flowers around its charming. The best part is the location. Right between shopping and the beach. You can walk to both. There isn't room service in case you want to order in. Also parking very limited. We had to search for parking on the street. Overall I'm pleased because the town is so beautiful that we just came back in to sleep

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here en route down south. Carmel is nothing that spectacular but this place is super quaint, especially the receptionist with her cat mr Tuffy! Go there for something quirky and fun.
The rooms are clean and the beds are really comfy, and generally a safe pair of hands to stay at.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Stayed here for first time upon recommendation of wife's brother - who has stayed here 5 or 6 times. We would definitely return. We had a cottage with fireplace - The Normandy is well located on the main street in the center of town - close to the beach, restaurants and (wine) bars. We did not take advantage of the comp breakfast buffet but it looked pretty good - seating limited though. All in all we really liked it and will go back the next time we return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canyon Country, California
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Great hotel in the middle of Carmel-by-the-Sea. We stayed in one of the cottages and were not disappointed. We enjoyed a very comfortable king-size bed with pillow-top and extremely cozy pillows. The cottage has a full kitchen and a wonderful separate eating area. We also enjoyed a fireplace each night with provided logs. Only negative was the tiny bathroom but we are willing to over-look that as we completely enjoyed the rest of the cottage. Fabulous!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Good location, just 4 short blocks from the beach on central Ocean avenue.
Parking is rather small can't accommodate all cars.
Staff is friendly and helpful.
Breakfast is continental, don't expect anything.
Complementary Coffee and Sherry is always in reception area to comfort you.
Room with small siting area and desk was nice and clean.
Swing pool was closed due to renovation.
Overpriced? - Yes.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, CA
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Don't expect anything very nice. Lumpy pillows, no comforters in duvets, no modern flat screen TV, and a stated queen bed that is actually only a double. Bugs in bed. Dirty doors that stick to your hands when you touch them. Shower heads placed for short people. Low grade linens that smell like bleach. Sparse furniture in a "3 bedroom" common area that is uncomfortable and impractical. Unmatched flatware and random dishes. Really low class. Overpriced even for overpriced Carmel. But GREAT location. Don't bother.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Worthington, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you decide to stay in Carmel, this is a pretty good choice, with several caveats. First, the Normandy, as you might suspect, tries to capture a French look, but the rooms themselves are ordinary as ordinary can be. Second, you need to know that if you have any troubles walking you will find the Normandy a challenge. I guess in an effort to seem more European, the place is built in levels. To get to our room, we had to walk out of the office, down a few steps, then up a flight of stairs--out and down in order to go up. Heck, you will find Carmel as a whole a challenge. The town is built on an incline (or decline, depending on the direction you're coming from)--it is a steep incline/decline, very steep. In fact, from the Normandy, the Carmel beach is a straight shot down the road--way, way, way down the road. It's a very steep hill. And then, to get to the water, you have to go down a steep hill (dune?) of sand. Not so bad going down there, but the walk back is steep, steep, steep. And as others have said, I think, their breakfast was not impressive at all. Finally, my wife, who dealt with the staff more than I did, tells me they were snobby. To be completely honest, we didn't find Carmel to be very interesting and wished we'd had just driven the extra 20 minutes up to Monterey and stayed there.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ocean Ave. between Monte Verde St. and Casanova St., Carmel, CA 93923
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Normandy Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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